Pete Rose to be honored alongside 1980 World Series team during Phillies game

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Pete Rose will be at a Phillies home game for the first time since being banned from the sport after admitting to betting on games.

Rose is honored along with the rest of the 1980 Phillies World Cup winning team, who are at the stadium for Alumni Weekend.

The decision to include Rose in the celebration is controversial, but fans told Action News they’re excited to see the all-time leader in baseball at the park.

“I think he made a bad deal. He played well for us,” said Northeast Philadelphia native Harry Leibrecht.

“I have no problem with his being banned from baseball because it took him so long to finally admit and be honest about betting on baseball,” said Ridley Township resident Keith Rhine, who wore a Pete Rose shirt and said he is still a fan of the player.

Rose was banned for life in 1989 after admitting to betting on major league games while managing the Cincinnati Reds. The ban kept him out of the Hall of Fame.

“People make mistakes, people do things wrong but you have to learn and keep going, I don’t think he should be banned. I’ve made mistakes in life, but hey, I live here,” said South Philadelphia native Kashmere Hiltner.

Whether they agree with the ban or not, fans told Action News that they believe he should be honored with his teammates.

“I was a fan so the guy made a mistake. Everyone makes one in their life and they should be, we forgive,” said Kathy Leibrecht of Northeast Philadelphia.

“I’m in, let’s do it. Anyone who is a part of Phillies history is someone I will definitely honor,” said Rick Rowe of Wilmington.

The ceremony is expected to begin at 12:30 p.m. The first pitch for the game is at 1:35 p.m

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